March 2020
Muskingum Valley Council Scouts and Scouters!
Spring is around the corner --- which means summertime is not far off! Now is the time to plan your summer of Scouting fun with Muskingum Valley Council! Check out our latest and greatest events this winter and spring and learn how your scouts can earn their way to summer camps with the Spring Nut Sale!
Important Updates
BSA Chapter 11 information
On February 18, 2020 the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

 I want to highlight important points that are most relevant to the Muskingum Valley Council:

The Muskingum Valley Council has not filed for bankruptcy.  Our Council is legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

·          Scouting programs will continue . This means that unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual. In short, we expect no changes to the local Scouting experience in the Muskingum Valley Council.

·          Scouting is safer now than ever before . Over many years, we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I can also assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe.

·          Restricted donations – past, present or future – can only be used for their designated purpose . In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our Council will continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to local Scouting programs.

While we do not anticipate the national organization’s bankruptcy filing will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or your involvement with our Council, I understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. To that end, the national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website,
This site includes a helpful  Resources page , where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s  Milestones page  will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process. 
If you have any questions about local Scouting, you can always feel free to reach out directly to me or your usual contact within our Council. 
Through your engagement and dedication to Scouting, the Muskingum Valley Council will continue to bring adventures, values and lifelong benefits to youth and our communities for generations to come. Thank you for your trust and support as we continue this important mission.

Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive

If your unit has not completed the Rechartering process, please contact your District Commissioner or District Executive as soon as possible to get the help you need to complete this process. Units with a lapsed Charter are not covered by the BSA's liability and accident/health insurance. Please do your best to complete your Recharter this week.

Note: all returning registered leaders are required to sign the BSA's Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization Form. Please turn these forms in with your recharter paperwork. These forms are due by the end of this year, Dec

For more information and explanation about the new disclosure forms, check out this article from: Bryan on Scouting
Spring Nut Sale
March 1 - April 1

Please contact Nut Sale Coordinator, Amanda Wisniewski, if you have any questions.

Spring Nut Sale!
The Spring Nut Sale has begun!

Orders will be due by April 2nd by 5pm

Extra order forms can be picked up at the Scouting Resource Center or a printable version is available here: order form

The Muskingum Valley Council will offer this product sale to all Scouts. Units can choose to earn either 30% cash commission for the unit, or 40% commission in "Nut Bucks" for scouts to use to pay for any council camp, activity, or in the Scout Shop!

Muskingum Valley Council Scouting Resource Center and Scout Shop
Located at 734 Moorehead Avenue in Zanesville

Mondays: 11:30am - 6pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 9am - 6pm
Fridays: 9am - 5pm
Saturdays - Closed
Sundays - Closed
Professional Staff - Contact Info

Scout Executive:

Arrowhead District:

River Trails District:

Zane Trace District / Assistant Scout Executive:
District Information
Roundtable Meetings
Roundtable Meetings are a great way to share information and network with other parents and leaders from around your district. Attend a Roundtable to get council and district updates, learn a new skill to take back to your unit, and get advice from commissioners and other leaders. Roundtables are held once a month in each district, see below for your district's schedule:

Arrowhead District:

Roundtable held at Warsaw United Methodist Church, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm.
Next meeting is March 11, 2020.

River Trails District:

Roundtable held at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Caldwell, OH on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm.
In lieu of the March Roundtable, is the District Recognition Dinner on March 12th. Next regular Roundtable meeting is April 9th, 2020.

Zane Trace District:

Roundtable is held at the Scouting Resource Center in Zanesville, OH on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm.
Next meeting is March 5, 2020.
District Pinewood Derby Races
Arrowhead District:
Pinewood Derby Race TBD

Zane Trace District:
Saturday April 18th at 9am, cost is $30 per Pack
District Recognition Dinners
Join members of your district for an evening of food, fellowship, and recognition! This is a celebration of the year's success and a chance to thank our volunteers for all their great efforts in making Scouting happen in our communities!

River Trails District:
Thursday March 12th @ 5:30pm
First Christian Church in Cambridge, OH
Cost is $12. RSVP HERE
Upcoming Events
University of Scouting
Saturday March 28, 2020
Muskingum University in New Concord, OH

Cost is $25, includes lunch, event patch, and lots of giveaways!

Join many other parents and adult leaders for a day full of fun and informative workshops covering every program Scouting has to offer!

New River Trek

Raft, Camp, Fish!
2020 Summit Contingent
The Muskingum Valley Council has scheduled a contingent to experience the New River Trek Program at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. There are still some adult and youth slots available in the contingent.

June 12 - 19, 2020

Cost is $1000
Secure your spot today with a non-refundable $150 deposit.

Summer Camp Leaders Meeting
Saturday March 7th @ MVSR
10am - 12pm in the Dining Hall
Wood Badge Luncheon to Follow!

Come to MVSR to hear from Camp Director Dominic and other staff about all that will be offered this summer at camp! This year's theme is "Myths and Legends"

Pay a $25 deposit per Scout to receive the "early bird" gift! This payment can be made online anytime, at the Scout Shop, or on March 7th at camp.
Wood Badge Luncheon
Immediately following Summer Camp Leader Meeting on March 7th at MVSR

This potluck meal is provided by past Wood Badge course staff and participants. EVERYONE is welcome!! Please make a donation at your discretion. Proceeds will go to support the Wood Badge Scholarship Fund.

2020 Wood Badge Course will be held at MVSR over 5 days (2 weekends)
August 21-23 and September 19-20
Annual Gathering of Eagles
Saturday April 11, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Dresden United Methodist Church
Cost is $15 per attendee

Calling all Eagles! This dinner event is for ALL Eagle Scouts with their families. Come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship as we celebrate the past year's accomplishments and recognize some amazing Eagle Scouts!

Hosted by the Council's National Eagle Scout Association committee.

Order of the Arrow
Spring Ordeal & Fellowship
May 1-3, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Registration is 6-8pm Friday night

Cost is $45 per Ordeal Candidate, $25 per Brotherhood Candidate, and $15 per OA Member

If your Troop or Crew needs an OA representative to perform Unit Elections at a meeting, please contact your Chapter Advisor. Contact info can be found here.
National Youth Leadership Training
August 2-7, 2020 @ MVSR
Cost is $175 per participant

Cub Scout Shoot-o-ree
Saturday May 16, 2020 @ MVSR
10:00am - 2:00pm
Cost is $15 per family, lunch included

Enjoy a day of all things shooting sports at camp! BBs, archery, slingshots, water rockets, and more!
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) REGISTER HERE

These hands-on courses provide adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.

May 15-16, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Cost is $15 per attendee which includes breakfast and lunch Saturday
Save the Date
Zanesville Survivor Challenge
August 7, 2020
Fundraising event
Leadership Dinner featuring guest speaker Rocky Bleier!
May 8, 2020
Fundraising event
Beaver Day
May 30, 2020
Service day to prep MVSR for summer camp, lunch included.
Summer Camps
Cub Scout Day Camps
Scouts BSA Summer Camp
5 full weeks of "Myths and Legends" summer camp fun at MVSR!!!

Week 1: June 14-20
Week 2: June 21-27
Week 3: June 28 - July 4
Week 4: July 5-11
Week 5: July 12-18

Cost is $270 per Scout and $80 per Adult

Venturing Camp 2020!
June 28 - July 4 @ MVSR

Venturing Camp 2020 is a unique experience for Venture Scouts and Scouts BSA (14+) interested in the Venturing Program.
Venturing Camp offers a dedicated Venturing experience complete with Advancement and High  Adventure!

Cost is $270 per youth and $80 per adult

Cub Scout Resident Camp
July 23-26, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Cost is $125 per youth and $50 per adult

Camp theme is "Myths and Legends" enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of Cub Scout camping summer fun! Belt loop advancements at each Cub Scout rank starting at Tiger. Enjoy crafts, swimming, fishing, shooting sports, games, camping and more!

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